A Huawei spokesman has confirmed that the company will be attending Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2021, which will take place from 23 to 25 February this year. At this event, the company will showcase a wide range of new products, including new 5G base stations.
500 million 5G users expected in 2021 in China alone
Huawei VP of Wireless Product Line Gan Bin said the global rollout of 5G networks has entered a fast phase. He also noted that this year the number of 5G users will exceed 500 million – and this is only in China.
Huawei expects 5G networks to start experiencing medium to high loads soon. The growth rate of 5G users in China will reach 30% in 2021, 42.9% in 2022, 56.8% in 2023, 70.4% in 2024 and 81.7% in 2025.
As a reminder, Huawei’s network equipment is banned in the US and some European countries that support US policy.
5G smartphones global shipment will reach 500 million units in 2021
Recently, MediaTek held a new product launch conference for the Dimensity series online. At the press conference, Xu Jingquan, deputy general manager of MediaTek, stated that global shipments of 5G smartphones in 2020 will exceed 200 million. Furthermore, he believes that 5G smartphone shipments will hit 500 million in 2021. If this happens, it will make rapid growth.
Xu Jingquan said that MediaTek has launched 5G Dimensity series covering mid-to-low-end and high-end products within one year. The company has the likes Dimensity 1000 series, Dimensity 800 series, and Dimensity 700 series. All these chips are for 5G smartphones. For MediaTek, it is satisfying everyone’s demand for the rapid growth of 5G smartphones. According to the company, Dimensity 5G mobile chip global shipments hit 45 million in 2020. At this conference, the company released two chips – Dimensity 1200 and 1100 5G processors
Subsequently, MediaTek’s new flagship 5G SoC Dimensity 1200 was officially unveiled. The chip uses a 6-nanometer process. The CPU uses ARM’s latest A78 core with a frequency of 3.0GHz. There are also 3 large A78 cores with a frequency of 2.6GHz and 4 small A55 cores. Officially, the Dimensity 1200 performance has increased by 22% and energy efficiency has increased by 25%.
At the press conference, MediaTek emphasized the startup speed and application download and installation speed. In terms of APU and GPU, the Dimensity 1200 also has different degrees of improvement.
The Dimensity 1200 integrates a new generation of 5G modem. Officially, this chip is the first SoC that supports 5G high-speed rail mode and 5G elevator mode. At the same time, the Dimensity 1200 adopts power-saving 5G UltraSave technology to ensure power consumption under the SA network. In addition, the chip has 5G global band bandwidth support. And MediaTek claims that its downlink speed in urban areas is 25% faster than competing products.
As for photography, the Dimensity 1200 has AI speed night shooting capability. It speeds up AI computing a lot. At the same time, the Dimensity 1200 brings a super panoramic AI night shot mode. The single-frame progressive HDR video function previously unveiled on Snapdragon 888 also appeared on the Dimensity 1200. AI multi-person blur function can recognize multiple people in real time and perform background blur; there is also a multi-depth intelligent focus function that allows live screen to be more layered.
The main difference between another chip product Dimensity 1100 and Dimensity 1200 lies in the CPU architecture, GPU and APU capabilities, as well as the supported cameras and screen refresh rates.
The Dimensity 1100 chip uses TSMC’s 6nm process technology. It has four A78 2.6GHz cores and four A55 2.0GHz cores. It integrates the ARM G77 MC9 GPU and supports dual-channel UFS 3.1.
The Dimensity 1100 includes a highly integrated 5G modem, using MediaTek UltraSave 5G technology, which has excellent energy-saving effects. In addition to supporting the latest connection functions, it also supports various generations of connection functions from 2G to 5G, including (SA) independent and dependent (NSA) 5G architecture, frequency division duplex (FDD) and time division duplex (TDD) 5G Carrier Aggregation (2CC), Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS), true dual-SIM 5G (5G SA+5G SA) and 5G HD Voice (VoNR). The chipset also integrates enhancements to 5G HSR mode and 5G Elevator mode to ensure reliable and seamless 5G connections across networks.
The Dimensity 1100 also includes impressive camera functions. It supports a 108-megapixel camera and integrates MediaTek’s existing APU 3.0, enabling high-performance computing and super energy-saving. Also, our protagonist supports AI camera functions, including AI panoramic night shooting, AI multi-person blur, AI noise reduction (AINR) and HDR functions. The chipset also supports new AI enhanced video playback functions, including SDR to HDR AI.